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Harvest Festival - 4th October 2019

CAFOD Har
vest Fast day was celebrated on the 4
th
October and the school collected tins of food and non
-
perishable items for the Swindon
Food Bank a
nd local woman’s refuge. This is an outward sign of our mission
and Waylands Class led an excellent assembly to focus our minds
and hearts on the importance of thanks and mission.
CAFOD Har
vest Fast day was celebrated on the 4
th
October and the school collected tins of food and non
-
perishable items for the Swindon
Food Bank a
nd local woman’s refuge. This is an outward sign of our mission
and Waylands Class led an excellent assembly to focus our minds

CAFOD Harvest Fast Day was celebrated on the 4th October. Waylands Class led us in an excellent assembly to focus our minds and hearts on the importance of thanks and mission.  All the children brought in tins of food and non perishable items for the Swindon Food Bank and the Womens Refuge.  Our Year 6 children, including our chaplains then made the delivery of very special home-made boxes to parishioners who could be homebound or sick.

French Day - September 2019

Last week, the children at St Mary’s marked European Languages Day by preparing for their very own French Café. On Monday, we transformed our school hall into St Mary’s French Café using decorations created by all year groups. There was a fantastic array of flags, posters, menus, as well as information leaflets and quizzes based on French culture. Throughout the day, everyone had the opportunity to experience a little piece of French culture and try out their French whilst enjoying a delicious hot chocolate, baguette or pastry.  After a very successful day, we were pleased to be able to donate the French Café proceeds of £217 to Mary’s Meals.

Gardening - September 2019

This week, children from across the school, spent some time helping to dig our vegetable plots on the school field. There were A LOT of weeds, long grass and a few creepy crawlies but the children really enjoyed getting out in the fresh air and digging. The next stage is the most exciting part- planning what goes in them!

A visit from the NSPCC - September 2019

Kevin, from the NSPCC, came to Upper Phase to follow up on the assembly we had attended, which explained that we should speak out when we found ourselves in uncomfortable situations.  We began by recapping what we had been taught and it was pleasing to see that all of us remembered the phone number for Childline.  He discussed with the class ideas about keeping ourselves safe – at home, at school and outside of school – especially using the Internet.  Discussions took place on personal information, when it was ok to talk to people on-line and what we should do if we ever felt unsafe.  After watching a short video about Guy, who was suffering from neglect, we agreed on strategies we could use to help! 

At the end of the session we were given a speak out/stay safe kit to take home.  Our parents then had a workshop in the school hall to hear the messages that we had been discussing.  They also had training on how to keep us safe on the internet at home.

Class Clownz Circus Skills - September 2019

What a great way to start a new school year, with a visit from Mark with his Magic Mayhem and Circus Skills assembly.  Our KS2 children loved getting involved and have already signed up for the Friday Circus Club.

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Parent Multiplication Workshops - September 2019

Today, we invited parents of children in Year 4 into school to find out more about the Multiplication Tables Check, which will take place in June 2020. We talked to the parents about what the check will involve and then got the children to demonstrate the different, practical multiplication games that can be played. It was lots of fun and the children really enjoyed showing off their amazing recall of their multiplication facts!

Mini Police Recruits - September 2019

Wiltshire Police have spent the afternoon at St Mary's inducting 22 mini police recruits.  Our Year 5 pupils recited their promise and received their uniform and certificate in front of their parents.  They were informed of their role across the year and how busy they will be.  Their first mission is to walk the streets and talk to the local community about any concerns or problems they may have.

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Bishop Declan visits St Mary's - January 2019

As part of the 'Year of Prayer', the school chaplains invited Bishop Declan to St Mary's to talk about prayer.  Bishop Declan spoke about why prayer is important to him and how important prayer life is.  Bishop Declan blessed our 'Prayer Room' and he has inspired us all to re-energise prayer in our lives.  The Chaplains also shared with the Bishop the work they have been doing as a chaplaincy team and he was very impressed with how active the children have been.  The chaplains had also prepared some questions to ask the Bishop and there was a lively question and answer session which was thoroughly enjoyed by both the children and the Bishop.  We also took the opportunity to ask Bishop Declan to officially open our new nursery.  He blessed the nursery and spoke to the children.  The children sang him a song in return and we then enjoyed refreshments with our chaplains and parents who had joined us.

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